Media Literacy

Why Heather Can Write
Media Literacy and Harry Potter
Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins
Professor James Paul Gee, asked the question "why people learn more, participate more actively, engage more deeply with popular culture than they do with the contents of their textbooks." The answer is the "affinity spaces". Students spent more time in discussing, writing the themes of their popular culture through the sharing of information with regard to the character that many of their friends are familiar with. According to Professor Gee, affinity spaces is important since it offer opportunities for learning sustained by common interest beyond race, age, class, gender and education level. Through socio-learning environment, participants are encourage to learn from each other and motivated to search for the answer for communal good. In the case of Harry Potter, this generates participation from young and old alike. Through the internet, the participation of people of every level regardless of their background constitutes the very essence of affinity spaces. The fan club of Harry Potter grew in the world of internet and have encourages more younger writer to write their own version of Harry Potter whether or not Harry Potter is a forbidden book to read. There are other books which also has children themes to it such as the Lord of the Ring, and Narnia. These are the books that promote reader of every generation and encourages writer of every age.
Consequently, students are encourage to read, participate in the development of the stories through their imagination, creativity and developing skills that are essential for them to succeed in their studies.